Statement on Recent Attacks of Terrorism in Pakistan

April 13, 2016

Honourable Senators,   I debated whether or not to rise and share with you the unspeakable horrors that have taken place in Pakistan this year. I thought long and hard about whether I should speak in the Chamber once more about death,…

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Canadian Response to the Crisis in Syria

May 27, 2015

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, the crisis in Syria has been going on for five years and counting. Nearly 4 million people have fled the country and over 7 million people have been internally displaced by the violence. The United Nations estimates…

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Statement on Peshawar Attack

December 16, 2014

Honourable senators, I have stood before you and wept for the girls and women of Pakistan and have tried to control myself, but today I weep openly for the children of Peshawar. This morning in my hometown of Peshawar in northern Pakistan,…

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Tribute to Senator Seth

December 3, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, I rise to bid farewell to my good friend and colleague, Senator Asha Seth. As a fellow senator of South Asian origin, I am proud to have Senator Seth here as an active representative of the Indo-Canadian…

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Ending Violence Against Girls in the Asia-Pacific

October 1, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, 700 million women alive today were married as children; 120 million girls are subject to sexual violence worldwide; and nearly 50 per cent of all adolescent girls think a husband is justified in hitting his partner. Honourable…

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2014 FIFA World Cup

June 18, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, when we break for the summer, all eyes will be on the World Cup in Brazil. While you’re watching the beautiful game, you may notice the colourful Brazuca soccer ball — the official ball of the 2014…

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Global Summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

May 29, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, yesterday marked the first day of the Government of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit in Toronto, entitled Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach. The summit, hosted by Prime Minister Harper, will bring together…

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International Women’s Day: Rights of Afghan Women

March 6, 2014

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, this Saturday, March 8, we will celebrate International Women’s Day. The theme this year is “Equality for Women is Progress for All,” which emphasizes the vital role of women as agents of development. Equality for women is…

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Visit to the Site of the Dhaka, Bangladesh Building Collapse

October 28, 2013

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, we all heard of the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, this past April. It was heartbreaking to see the images of bodies being pulled from the rubble and hear of the over…

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Human Rights Violations Against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

June 5, 2013

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, today I wish to call your attention to the severe human rights violations in Burma. Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been leading a systematic and wide-ranging persecution of its religious minorities. While 90 per cent of…

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